Sean Frenette

Sean Frenette portrait

Sean Frenette is a conservatory-trained classical guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, prolific composer, singer-songwriter, wildly creative improviser, and a passionate educator. Known for his unusual 3-string guitar, electric-classical guitar, bass, woodwinds, piano and voice, Sean artfully blends improvisation and slow-crafted composition, as well as a great breadth of musical influences (Michael Hedges, Eliot Fisk, Jimi Hendrix, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer, Björk, Jeff Buckley, Fela Kuti, Tool, Thelonius Monk, Debussy, and Bach).

A long-time student of Indian classical vocal music, Sean's love and appreciation of music and art from all over the world and from many time periods comes through in his unique style.

Sean has performed three times at Carnegie Hall, on three different instruments, and in three different musical genres. In 2005, he provided opening music at a fundraiser featuring Carlos Santana. The last many years have seen Sean touring across the U.S. and internationally as a core member of the kirtan ensemble Shantala (Benjy and Heather Wertheimer along with frequent guests bansuri flutist Steve Gorn and Beyoncé guitarist/music director Bibi McGill.

The title track from Confluence features Sean on electric bass.